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Quito/Galapagos

sunny 85 °F

We left the hotel at 7:30am for the hour plus trip to the new Quito airport - that trip can be up to 2 hours in traffic. Most of the locals are too enthralled by the new location, although the new airport was quite nice. We boarded our AirGal charter flight and about 2 hours later landed in Baltra in the Galapagos. The fight was a little bumpy but they actually served real food. I did make a tragic mistake in that I had ice in my coke and paid for it yesterday, as I succumbed to the standard malady suffered by those that drink water south of the boarder.

At the Baltra airport, you are processed for entry into the national park. We then boarded a quick bus ride to the dock where we boarded our first Zodiac ride (of many) on the trip. A quick briefing on board lunch and then a short time to decompress before we did a drive by of the two Daphne Islands.

I will be adding pictures when I can, but the internet access is a little shaky on, and was, in fact broken yesterday.

As I said, I was down for the count yesterday, a product of Montezuma's Ecuadorian revenge, and didn't leave the ship. I did go the the Medical Facility for some anti-biotic and had a nice conversation with the Dr - a Ecuadorian and very pleasant. She is on board for a six week stint.

Today we are at Floreana Island. We did a wet landing on the beach and then a mile walk which was highlighted by watching a Pacific Green Sea Turtle crawl back into the water after laying her eggs. This is hard work, and she had to stop every few 'steps' to take a rest. She made it easily though as they have done for millenniums.

Posted by rpickett 09:19 Archived in Ecuador Tagged galapagos

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